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A plant, such as a tropical orchid or a staghorn fern, that grows on another plant upon which it depends for mechanical support but not for nutrients. Also called aerophyte, air plant.

ep′i·phyt′ic (-fĭt′ĭk), ep′i·phyt′i·cal adj.
ep′i·phyt′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.epiphytic - of or relating to epiphytes
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
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